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Friday, December 6, 2013

Blog Tour - Made the Grade: A Marriage in Middlebury by Anita Higman | Review & Giveaway

For the next few days I'm turning my blog over to Anita Higman, with a review of "A Marriage in Middlebury!!"

ALSO -- Be sure to sign up for this tour's GIVEAWAYs (listed below)!! [Blog Tour will run from November 18 - December 12, 2013 | Giveaway ends on December 12, 2013]

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Paperback - Pages: 290; Kindle Edition - File Size: 2400 KB | Expected Release Date: November 5, 2013 | Publisher: Abingdon Press | Obtained: Litfuse Publicity Group

"A Marriage in Middlebury" by Anita Higman

Author's Book Description : What happens when the matchmaker finds a match for herself? Charlotte Rose Hill has been serving up country delicacies, uniquely blended teas, and matchmaking advice for her quirky but beloved customers for more than 10 years. But for her, marriage seems like an elusive butterfly, always out of reach. At 18, Charlotte fell in love with a young man, Sam Wilder, but his family convinced her to walk away from their relationship. She did, and then became engaged to another man, who later died before they were married. Now, more than a decade later, Charlotte finds that she still has feelings for her first love. Initially thrilled to learn that Sam has come home to Middlebury, Texas, Charlotte is devastated to learn that he’s brought someone with him: his fiancée. But all is not lost when the townsfolk decide to get involved. Will Charlotte and Sam find their way back to each other?

My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars --- old flames find each other again, new flames meeting and trying to make everyone else as happy as they are, with unexpected twists and turns thrown in...

Charlotte and Sam are meant for each other no matter how long time has kept them apart. Reading about their pasts and the secrets that Sam's malicious father had, I am very happy with how this novel brings these two kindred spirits together. Nevertheless, I was surprised by how Ms. Higman created the plots in a way that made me still want to root for Sam's current fiancée, Audrey, more so then I ever would have thought especially after all the subtle antics she got into.

Yet, I believe what truly made me like this novel was the town; it's people, and the camaraderie that surrounds Charlotte between her tearoom and her friends. They were all dynamic in their own ways, even the smallest of characters, that I could probably have enjoyed just reading about their constant banter.

I recommend this novel to anyone who likes Christian romances and/or are fans of Ms. Higman.

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My Previous Review(s) for this Author : A Merry Little Christmas

My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : Giveaway Winners from my Small Business Saturday/Week Contests | Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2013

Book Teaser(s) :
"Thank you for making me feel better." Audrey reached out to Charlotte's hand. "We would like you to join us for Easter dinner too. Wouldn't we, Sam?"
"Yes, of course," Sam said.
If Sam had some uncomfortable twinges about her being at the dinner, he hid them well. She grinned back at him, but she really felt like cringing all the way to her toes.
"Sam lost track of his old friends from high school," Audrey said, "and I don't have any friends except for you and Nelly, so I've invited some of the people we're getting to know from the tearoom. And we'll be inviting Obie and Roberta too. So, what do you think? Will you come?"
Charlotte still felt a "no" on the tip of her tongue, but if Sam and Audrey were going to make their home in Middlebury, she would have to learn to cope with seeing them together. No better time than the present to start dealing with what was obviously meant to be. "Yes, of course. Would you like me to bring something?"
"No, not at all," Audrey said. "I'm sure you'd appreciate a rest from cooking for the day. Nelly will have it all under control."
"Nelly is a terrific cook," Charlotte said. "You're lucky to have her."
Audrey scooted her chair out and started collecting the tea dishes.
"Thank you for inviting me." Charlotte hoped her smile came off as sincere. Then she remembered the promise she'd made to herself to work a little harder at dating and thought of a really nice guy she knew in Houston---one she'd dated on and off again through the years. "I have one question about the dinner. Would you mind if I brought a date?"
The grasp Sam had on his teacup must have loosened, because the fine porcelain cup fell from his fingers to the floor and smashed into a hundred heartbreaking pieces. ~ within Chapter 18
For more information on this book and/or any other books by Anita, then please check out her website.

About the Author :

Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has over thirty books published (several coauthored) for adults and children and has four more books releasing in 2013. She’s been a Barnes & Noble “Author of the Month” for Houston and has a BA degree, combining speech communication, psychology, and art. Anita loves good movies, exotic teas, and brunch with her friends. Please visit her site at

Giveaways!! :

Anita Higman is celebrating the release of her latest book, "A Marriage in Middlebury," with a double Kindle Fire giveaway (one for you & one to give away!) and a "Tea for Two" Facebook Author Chat Party on December 12th.


One winner will receive :

  • A Kindle Fire for you AND a friend
  • A copy of "A Marriage in Middlebury" by Anita Higman (one to keep and one to give away!)

To Enter : Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 12th. Winner will be announced at the "Tea for Two" Facebook Author Chat Party on December 12th. Invite your friends and connect with Anita for an evening of book chat, prizes, and an exclusive look at Anita's next book!

So grab your copy of "A Marriage in Middlebury" and join Anita on the evening of December 12th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

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ALSO -- Be sure to check out Litfuse's other Blog Tour Reviews for this novel!!

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